Dr Seán Barnes is the Director of Social Procurement with the Ākina Foundation, NZ’s leading impact development organisation. Seán established and leads Ākina’s specialist social procurement programme that provides advisory support to private and public sector buyers, as well as supporting impact-led enterprises to grow and take advantage of increasing market opportunities. He was also recently named 2021 Procurement Professional of the Year by the Procurement Excellence Forum.
Seán is driven by changing procurement for good and realising the potential of organisations to have a positive influence on society and the environment. Seán is a Chartered Member of Engineering NZ and holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering.